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Earth Month activities to run through April

April 10, 2009

Coastal Carolina University will celebrate Earth Month through a series of campuswide environmental events and guest speakers. All events are free and open to the public.

Keynote speaker Jeff Gentile, account executive for InterfaceFlor Commercial, will speak about the "Seven Fronts of Sustainability" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in Wall Auditorium. The talk will focus on ways of achieving sustainability including waste elimination, benign emissions, renewable electricity, resource-efficient transportation and redesign of commerce.

Gentile has served on the advisory board for Fairleigh Dickinson University Institute for Sustainability Enterprise and is currently working on becoming a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. He lives in Greenville.

Other events include:

* Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. -- "Flow," Irena Salina's award-winning documentary on the world water crisis, will be shown in the Wall Auditorium. After the film, student speakers Jennifer Kleinfelter, Allysa Engelbrecht and Bob Crimian will lead a discussion on the topic "Can Anyone Really Own Water."

* Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. -- "Coal in America: Burning our Future," a documentary examining conflicts between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia, will be shown in the Wall Auditorium. Speakers Nancy Cave of the Coastal Conservation League, and Sara Tansey of the Southern Energy Network will follow with a discussion of the negative aspects of "clean coal" energy policies.

* Wednesday, April 22 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m.-- "Wall-E," a Disney/ Pixar film about a waste-collecting robot, will be shown in the Wall Auditorium.

* Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. -- Bag shells, then build an oyster reef in Withers Swash. The event will begin behind the Atlantic Center Science Annex at Coastal Carolina University with the bagging of the shells, then they will be transported to Withers Swash in the afternoon. Rain date is Sunday.

* Sunday, April 26 at 10 a.m. -- A campus clean-up event, organized by the Students Taking Active Responsibility (STAR) organization, will start at the Lib Jackson Student Center. * Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. -- "Who Killed the Electric Car," an award-winning documentary on industrial culture and American reliance on oil, will be shown in the Wall Auditorium. Professor Philip Whalen will follow with a discussion on the events leading to the decline of electric vehicles.

* Wednesday, April 29 at 8:30 p.m. -- "Experience the Night," hosted by the Astro Club, will celebrate the International Year of Astrology 2009, with six telescopes on Prince Lawn for stargazing.

Earth Month events are hosted by Coastal Carolina University's Sustainability Initiative, established to transform the University into an environmentally sustainable institution. For more information, contact Marissa Mitzer, sustainability coordinator, at 843-349-2389.